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Veneered Boards



Just as Mother Nature intended.

Wood veneer is obtained either by "peeling" the trunk of a tree or by slicing large rectangular blocks of wood. Veneer grain and figure appearance is a result of cutting through the growth rings of a tree and depends upon the angle of cutting. Each of slicing processes gives a very distinctive type of grain, depending upon the tree species.

Because solid wood can be prone to warping and splitting, one of the primary advantages of using veneer is stability. Veneered boards consist of thin layers of wood glued together which reduces the chances of splitting or cracking. Some projects built using wood veneer would not be possible to construct using solid lumber due to expansion and contraction caused by fluctuation of temperature and humidity.

In many cases, veneers are more readily available than solid wood as exotic hardwood lumber can be scarce and expensive.

Veneer production.

Watch a video about how veneer is made.

Understanding veneer characteristics

Useful information

The appearance.

The way the manufacturers slice the wood and join the pieces together determines the appearance of the veneer sheets.

Veneer slicing
There are three most frequently used slicing methods—Crown cut, Quarter cut and Rotary cut. The first two are way more prevalent, with the Crown cut being the most popular one. The description of the cut refers only to the face of the veneered boards—the reverse on two-sided boards may be either.
Veneer jointing
Manufacturers use three jointing techniques to join veneer slices to form the layon sheets—book match, slip match and reverse slip match. Unless otherwise stated, all the veneered boards we sell are book-matched. In this method the veneer strips are joined together in mirror-image pairs, it means that each strip is the reflection of the previous one.

Product quality

Veneer grading

Our standard stock Veneered MDF boards are a commercial grade A/B and suitable for a broad range of projects including furniture manufacture, interior fit-out, shop fitting and wall panelling. The A grade veneer covers the face of the board, and B goes on the reverse. The two most popular wood veneer species in the UK are White European Oak and Black American Walnut. Being so widely in demand causes a lot of strain on the manufacturers to obtain quality lumber and to remain competitive in the market. It is why the two veneers often fall short of customer expectations; therefore, whenever possible, we buy these products in a higher, A+ grade.

For customers working on high-end projects, we offer some veneered boards in a Superior grade. The veneers are initially graded in their appearance and then carefully matched. The grading criteria includes natural defects, colouration, veneer leaf-width and the overall appearance of the panel. The boards are then veneered and labelled in batches to give maximum appearance consistency between individual sheets, which is essential on larger projects.

Superior grade
If you have a project where veneer quality is critical, or when you require veneer appearance continuity on several sheets, then consider using our Superior grade veneered boards.
Commercial grade A
Grade A, generally means the veneer has a good structure, small variations in colour and appearance but is usually attractive.
Commercial grade B
Grade B has a varied and irregular structure, may have variation in colour, knots and other natural imperfections. It also comes in a shorter series of similar faces.

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